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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

happy vernal equinox to you as well hippie :) i'm hoping the kaliedescope of colors is going to be a good one. keeping my eye on vermont so i can take some great pics at my wife's family's place up near Killington. havent heard any news yet on when the color explosion will hit.

sad to see summer go in a way, but i love autumn :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 8:30am
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Of course, I am born an bred a desert rat, and scurrying around SDH's compound looking for cheese is my kinda life, but I will say the couple years I was in Maine, I found out that really, only about six weeks are "nice" there (Sept & Oct). Otherwise, it was "winter" (ice storms anyone?), "mud season" ("stay OUTSIDE, kids!!!"), "black fly season" (this IS June???), "humidity time" (WTF??? why isn't there any AC in any of these @#!$%& buildings!?!), and "mosquito season" (no going out without chemicals covering your entire body!)...I mean really--life is too short to have to work so hard to live some place! Car, house, kids--all require way too much effort just to survive each day...out west, all we have to do is sweat and for the rest of the year: bliss.

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Poster: West Cumberland Blues Date: Sep 23, 2009 9:34am
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I spent 25 years there. Fall was definately my favorite season as well. Nice, pleasant temps and I haven't seen any fall foliage that comes close to Maine's. Then I moved up her to Summit County, CO where we only have 2 seasons, winter and summer. Summer lasts about 3 months. No humidity or bugs and it never gets hotter than 90. We had our first winter storm warning last night but only got an inch or so. Come for the winters and stay for the summers as we say up here. Hope you're all having a good day. I know I am, and thoroughly enjoying TDIH from '72. Peace

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Yeah the TDIH 72 was real nice, I am on the 76 now and it is very nice as well - the quality is not as bad as indicated in the reviews.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 7:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Yeah--I saw that biz about the storm warning...damn. Defn think CO has great "sun" as it is sooo intense, and can be warmer than the other cold climate states, it seems to me...sorta like Flagstaff hereabouts.

Well, realize you may not have been officially welcomed, but great to have you on board, WCB! What's it been--just a few weeks of posting? Were you lurking before? Or did I just miss your welcoming into the little club at some point? Just don't tell me you're really French Coloradian.

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Poster: West Cumberland Blues Date: Sep 24, 2009 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Thanks for the warm welcome Sir Tell. You are a gentlemen and a scholar. Yeah, I've just been posting for a few weeks now, but I've been lurking for a couple years.

French Coloradian-LOL

We do have great/intense sun here. It's really never too cold as long as the sun is out and I believe we get like 300 days of sunshine a year.

Thanks again PM. I'm just happy to be here.

Where were you living in Maine?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2009 12:07pm
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Yeah--I thought there might even be a "mounties" joke in there as when I typed out "...Coloradian" it just felt so like "Canadian", etc., etc. Or maybe it's a lumberjack joke in there somewhere...? "...and I'm okay, I post in riddles just to cause dismay" (well, damn...I have to leave this crap to Rob).

But, moving on from French colonization past and present, I was in Bangor in the mid 80s for two short years...wasn't really bad, like the Great Lakes region winter wise, but still...a long, long way from the West Coast!

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Poster: cush212 Date: Sep 24, 2009 1:41pm
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Fall has truly arrived here in Sonoraland... Hasn't even hit 100 degrees for a few days!!!

We'll get youall in decmber though...

;)

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

big freakin crybaby!! figures you couldnt hack-it in the glorious NorthEast!!


;-P

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Yup just another West Coast wuss

wah wah wah mosquitoes flies cold mud wah wah wah

Least we don't have big earthquakes, drought and wildfires

:)

P.S. Hope all you Cali Deadheads are safe from the fires - that is some bad sh*t

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 10:19am
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takes men (and women) of strong constitution and fortitude of spirit to live here - the BEST area of our country. West coast are for those who can't hack the reality of weather and change in environment.

All the states west of Colorado should be renamed "Sally")

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

True--everyone born in CA is jaded for the rest...I also recall how everyone in the NorthEast said "wait til you go to coast in ME!!!" but I got there and it was about as good as Big Sur (right, BD?)...nothing new there.

Here is my one observation for all of you that say we can't cut it: why should we? And, I couldn't cut the complete absence of Mexican food! That was more than 20 yrs ago, so might be better nowadays...

And, recall jgl, over a bit to the East of CA, we have no quakes, no fires, no real problems that do afflict just about everywhere else...other than broiling...

Finally, if it is so great, explain this observation (I counted...the % is damn close to right on): 92% of the folks you meet in ME are counting (literally--marking it on calenders and such) the days til they retire and move south (FL, TX, AZ or CA). The other 8% will NOT stop talking about how great ME is, and that everyone else is just a wimp (hmm...sounds like some above, eh?), but after you hear their pitch, which is the same day in and day out, you start to wonder--who are they trying to convince about how great it is? Me? Or themselves?

JK, all of you cold climate types (well...sorta kidding)...I love you all, and know there are a few fun things to do up there...we loved cross country skiing, and if I could watch Dire break a leg or two, it might be fun to try it again.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

Good post

I went across the south & Southwest to Cali way back in my College days and we met a guy in a place called La Cueva (a funky half underground restaurant/bar) in real rural Texas (I'm talking about pretty much the middle of nowhere) and we got to talking. Turns out he was born and raised in the Texas desert and had at some point in his life went to Hawaii - he related to us how Hawaii was nice and all but all the water surrounding the Islands got to him and he eventually had to move back to this place in Texas or he would have gone crazy. It was pretty eye opening and really made me realize how provincial people can be, myself included - I simply could not imagine living anywhere else. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting other places but right now I could not think of living anywhere other than Long Island and/or the Northeast in general.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

don't tell him "good post" - you will only encourage him

;0

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:45pm
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Shhhh, I'm tryin to get him to put his feet in his mouth

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:59pm
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(whispering) sorry... didnt realize that. zipping my mouth as I type

:)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 12:52pm
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Well, esp cause you love and make use of the water...us inland desert types have to give that up, or take dinky little boats to odd manmade reservoirs, but I never saw the appeal of that, or even your big water kind actually--the big deep blue sea always kinda freaked me out. I love snorkeling, HI, Australia, and such--but there you can always see the bottom, and for great distances around yourself, and all the little reef critters, which are very cool, but other than that, I be a landlubber.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:31pm
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If you watch that show "Swords Life on the Line" That is what I did for a living for 5 years after College and before settling down and getting Married. I watched it the other night and it brought me right back - of course the boat I was on was way more fun cause we cranked tunes on our little yellow (water resistant) Sony boom box all the time.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:51pm
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Oh, I know Jg! We actually must have exchanged posts about this before and you showed me a picture that made me think of Ahab on the Whale or some such. I was scared just looking at it, and there you were with the wind in your hair, rippling biceps,...er...whoops...wrong image.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 4:07pm
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LOL - we be happy sailor boys

What happens on the boat stays on the boat!

Those swordfish and tuna get mighty good lookin on a long trip!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 23, 2009 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy vernal equinox (Dead related)

I've spent a lot of time selling stuff on Ebay, and never have any quality concerns or gripes from anyone other than those on the left coast. Several years ago I sold a Gibson L5S guitar to a guy in San Diego and sure enough the output on one of the pickups was not up to specs. He removed an returned the pickup and I took it to a local luthier to test it.

While there, I asked why this phenomenon was so pervasive with Westerners. I now use his response as my roadmap to social dealings with those of the left coast.

His said that most everyone in the west belongs in a very shallow gene pool which emanated from the near insane Yankees that left for the gold fields in the 1850's. Only a couple of generations removed, the insanity hasn't had fully enough time to cleanse itself from the DNA.

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Poster: veblen Date: Sep 23, 2009 7:48pm
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so true...really the insane from the world over...you can actually see it in some of the natives...

plus there were more than a few cases of governments providing free one-way passage to kalifornia during the gold rush. one popular route was sydney to san francisco...

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 24, 2009 8:39am
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Kesey tells a tale in Sometimes a Great Notion about that very breed of people who are obsessed with continuously moving further and further west until they eventually reach the Pacific ocean, having nowhere else to go but crazy...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2009 3:09pm
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And...he got that from...!!!

Ka ching...!!!

Can't believe I happened to post above about his rel'ship with Stegner!

Amazing coincidence???

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 24, 2009 3:29pm
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not familiar with Stegner, any recommendations?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2009 3:42pm
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OH, if I may: the most important book about the American West (seriously--this is the opinion of many worthy writers and historians, and not mine--I just stole it from them) would be Beyond the Hundreth Meridian. For his fiction, there are many, but Crossing to Safety is a great one.

The amazing thing about him is that Kesey, Ed Abbey and a handful of other Pull Prize winners (seriously) were his students, along with Sandra Day O'Connor and others...and he was very close to L Brower, and others in the conservation movement when it was "pure" (50s and 60s).

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 24, 2009 3:43pm
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"Angle of Repose."

Incredible.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2009 4:08pm
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My oldman's favorite quote, although he got it from his job as a mason, but over the last 40 yrs I have thought of the two of them as forever linked, in a bizarre personal fashion...not sure that makes sense.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 24, 2009 8:48am
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i certainly do not find that notion hard to believe after meeting many "locals" at shows and otherwise. strange breed they are indeed :)

not everyone can be as normal as us NorthEastern folk ;)

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 24, 2009 11:16am
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believe me, nothing attracts hoards of eccentrics like the arctic

for instance, skies could very well be my neighbor's dog (toggle for gender correction, if necessary)

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 24, 2009 11:29am
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Fat chance , Midnight sun! Me, your neibour's dog ? The things I get to read here are amazing ! I just got here now ,and already someone I don't even know is saying the weirdest stuff on me ! It's dog life at times ,but at least doggies don't bother me with off the wall statements as deadheads can do !

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 24, 2009 11:44am
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relax, if i didn't appreciate your spirit i would never have mentioned your name...just wanted to see those floppy ears perk up on the 600 pounds of sin

i call dibs on the pick of the litter

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 24, 2009 11:54am
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Thanks if you appreciate me ,midnight sun ,I feel a bit better knowing I have at least a fan here !

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:49pm
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Interesting series of posts - I've either lived or been stationed all over the US from the Pacific Northwest to Upstate New York, to the Heartland of Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Michigan's UP and coastal mid-Atlantic.

Florida is out - I didn't like living in heaven's waiting room and getting stuck behind a blue-hair doing 12 miles an hour in a 1984 Lincoln Town Car.

Texas was hotter than a three-balled tomcat and makes permaculture and sustainable gardening a real tough challenge.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula - I'd move there tomorrow but I'd go alone as Mrs. Mando wouldn't go with me, something about 10 months of winter and two months of rough snowmobiling doesn't appeal to her warm blood.

Upstate New York - Not too bad except for the Senatorial representation. We really enjoyed Saratoga Springs though (and not just because of SPAC and the proximity to Knickerbocker, Glens Falls, New Haven and Springfield.)

Pacific Northwest - Silverdale, Washington - would also move there tomorrow. Mrs. Mando would go with me. Nice freaky people in Seattle, kind of like the eco-friendly connections and permaculture atmosphere for the centrist eco-nerds. Probably have the opportunity to use the Lapua .338 if ELF showed up.

Nebraska - Loved the people, great farming, great place to raise kids, but cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey and only three barb wire fences between Omaha and Alaska's North Slope to stop the wind. Anywhere along the Missouri River Valley would be fine.

But here we are in coastal SE Virginia. With our fallback compound in the Great Smokies of TN.

Vacancy sign is still lit for most of you cretins.

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2009-09-23 20:49:59

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:59pm
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So you don't fancy coming back to Scotland then, Namor? We could earmark a distillery in a defensible position up in the Highlands and settle in for the long haul. What do you say? Downside of course is being surrounded by a bunch of miserable bastard Scots, but you can't have everything.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:16pm
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I would come back to Scotland in a heartbeat, I think Mrs. Mando would come along too.

I've already scouted the Isle of Arran - they just recently reopened their distillery and the whisky's not too bad. It has a subtle sweetness in it that makes me think of a Macallan 18 with the sherry finish.

Yeah, I could make that happen. As far as miserable Scot bastards - well, you take the bad with the good.

Besides, we'd all get a good laugh watching Dire with the sheep.........

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:37pm
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I would throw my hat in with you in that same proverbial heartbeat. Do you think we could set up the Free Republic of Islay?

Just as an FYI - Dire is cows (though I don't give him much of a chance with those mean long-horned Highland cattle) and I am sheep - at least according to SDH, but I put the lawyers on to him and took out an injunction, which is why you haven't seen him around here for a while...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:44pm
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Free Republic of Islay? I like it.

You're right about those long-horned Highland bastards. We took a road trip from Dunoon up to Loch Ness just because and stopped along the way to take some pictures of one of the bonnie lochs. We started to walk across the field to get a better vantage and nearly got killed by some not so bonnie cows - talk about mad cow.

Given that, I figured Dire would have to adapt and change his tastes. And he wouldn't have to stand on a stool either.

The only time I want to see one of those things again is in the form of a ribeye. Don't get me wrong, I believe there is room for all of God's creatures on this earth. In this case, the room for the Highland mad cow is on my plate, right next to the mashed potatoes and green beans.

And haggis, and a not so wee dram.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 23, 2009 4:06pm
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I think you might be in sympathy with these sentiments:

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Anyway, its gone midnight here and I'm off to bed when I finish listening to Jorma Kaukonen at the Waldorf in 78 - so I bid you goodnight!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:48pm
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LOL

Dire with the sheep - "Gee fellas what kinda cow is this? Looks a little small and its got fuzzy hair"

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:04pm
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the way this economy is going (especially here in MA), i may just be filling out an application for your Great Smokies Compound sooner rather than later ;)



(great descriptive post, by the way )

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:13pm
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dire - You don't need to fill out an app. Just bring some barley for my pot still so I can distill some single malt and a good root beer recipe and we'll call it even. Bonus points for blacksmith, farrier or husbandry experience.

In all seriousness, there is a fairly well established sustainable community in/near Montague, MA with several CSA (Community Supported Agriculture organizations) a Dairy co-op, and a Poultry co-op. I think there are about 40 families that are working together. We have some very good friends in Montague who were instrumental in getting things going up there. You don't have to move far.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:13pm
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Ya had to go and mention the Dairy Co-op!! I think Dire could get into Cow Husbandry - sounds like fun don't it Dire!!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:24pm
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that is damn interesting about the Montague community - certainly not surprised though - i may almost be within walking distance ;)

hope i dont have to find out TOO soon - lol

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:40pm
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Cool - Coastal S Virginia sounds pretty nice. I'm living about 4 feet above see level here on LI so if Al Gore is right I may want to upgrade my foundation to a commercial grade barge so my house floats when the glaciers melt.

That Line about barbed wire fences is funny as hell

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2009 3:57pm
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Oh, well fine--but you gotta remember that you are clearly a big grown up boy that can crawl inside a small cigar and submerge yourself, or sail on the sea like that absolute idiot Jgl (did you see the pic he posted of himself hanging upside down in the rigging of some sort of clipper ship while holding a saber between his teeth? Egads!).

SDH and I, along with Cush, must get our excitment rustling cattle and bar-b-que-ing rattlesnakes (although it is absolutely true that we can handle a Gila Monster with our bare hands--just ask the one that used to post hereabouts! # 58 he was...). And you gott admit, we have cool good guys like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Cochise and Geronimo (spare me the clarifications on character).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 23, 2009 12:12pm
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"...and if I could watch Dire break a leg or two, it might be fun to try it again. "


well now, that is just WRONG to say!!!

harumphhhh!!!!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 23, 2009 8:39am
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rub it in Tell! Sounds sort of like up here. Although we did get a great summer this year. At least I hardly ever have to sit in traffic, that's what keeps me going through the winter.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 23, 2009 8:38am
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You sound harried WT, Slow down and enjoy the mud the bugs and the beer

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